FANTASTIC FEST 2022: Barber Westchester (2022)

Created by Jonni Phillips, this movie is the first production produced by her independent animation studio Herbert Sorbet Studios. It’s a continuation of Jonni’s 2019-2020 series Secrets and Lies in a Town of Sinners which told the many stories if the town of Des Amato, California. One of the characters, Barber Westchester, was a young aspiring astronomer dealing with the death of her brother and her father’s religion The Cult of DACIA. That series ended when she got an invitation to intern for NASA.

Now, as this movie starts, Barber learns that space is a lie and NASA is a sham.

The movie features original score and songs by Dylan Kanner, as well as guest animation by Emily Martinez, Benni Quintero, Ian Worthington, Chris Kim, Yasmeen Abedifard, Mel Murakawa-White, Frankie Tamaru, Kelly Ficarra and Victoria Vincent with paintings by Tyrell Solomon, additional character animation by Maddie Brewer, Sidney Gale and Franky Wish, and additional character designs by Zaria Bohanon.

I really enjoyed this, as it has a fun animation style and tells a wild story. I never saw the original series, but in no way do you need to. I assume it would be a somewhat richer experience if you did, but I still had a great time.

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